After strong and much celebrated debuts in last year’s Eurovizijos atranka, Greta Zazza and Paula Valentaite will return to contest Lithuania’s national selection.

The two up-and-coming singers received a lot of attention last year and, in conversations with Lithuanian newspaper Zmones, they’ve made it clear they want to win it all this time around.

Greta Zazza’s “Broken Shadows”

Greta, who splits her time between Stockholm and Vilnius, says that she learned a lot from her last try at Eurovizijos atranka but this time she is ready to go even higher.

“If before, it can be said, I was only warming my legs, then this time I will go to the stage completely confident in my strength, knowing everything and anything, and with a piece of work with which I have a very strong emotional connection,” she told the newspaper.

Her song “Broken Shadows” has really lit a fire inside her.

“I really believe in the song,” she says. “A small ‘chemical reaction’ has taken place between me and the music, which can be the key to success in both the national selection and, I believe, in the great Eurovision.”

Zazza worked with some proper heavyweights on the song. It was composed by Jonas Thander (Donny Montell’s “I’ve Been Waiting for This Night” and Fifth Harmony’s “That’s My Girl”) and Charlie Mason (Conchita’s “Rise Like A Phoenix”).

This entry marks a sharp change of direction from her last entry “Like I Love You”. While that was upbeat pop, “Broken Shadows” is a more lyrical and meaningful pop ballad. She’s versatile and ready to show off that voice.

Paula Valentaite

Paula Valentaite returns as well, and just like Greta she says she has learned so much from her previous participation. But this time Paula says that she will be much more confident and stay true to herself.

“Participation in the Eurovision selection was the biggest experience of my life, and helped me to make a firm decision not only to connect the future with music, but also to try to win this competition,” she told the newspaper. “This time I go into the competition feeling calm — I’ll be a hundred percent.”

She’s working with a large team on her song. And while it isn’t yet released, the hype is already immense.

Paula says that this number will be much different from her song last year and carry a strong meaning for her. She’s put hard work and her own life experience into the work, which will allow her to sing straight from the heart.

Can these two ladies top their results from last year? Do you think that with the right material they could do well at Eurovision? And what do you think of Greta’s song? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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Lame
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Lame

Lame, old, outdated, i smell a 2003 inspirational song from a B Disney movie that everyone forgets in t – 3 minutes.

Giedr?
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Giedr?

“Broken shadows” is OK, but only OK, nothing special and then somewhere in the middle it gets boring.. Hopefully it gets changed.

Coolhand
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Coolhand

I guess I’m the only one who actually really likes this song. It definitely isn’t as good as “Like I Love You” but that’s a hard song to follow.

Mark
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Mark

I think Greta had a good song last year (not great). This year, I feel she is trying to play it safe, which never does well for anyone.

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

oh man broken shadows is the first song this season that sounds like generic American pop music ie ‘something you’d hear playing muffled on the loudspeakers in a Walmart in South Dakota at 2 AM on a Wednesday’
disappointing 🙁 esp. because Like I Love You was my no. 1 favorite out of any NF this time last year

Mark
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Mark

All American Pop Music comes from Sweden.

Amor
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Amor

The guy who wrote Gretta’s song also wrote or produced (can’t tell which but I looked on his website for my info) “Bang Bang” and “Shake it Off” and this is what he gave Gretta? She deserves better than this, this is a bit of a letdown, too slow and it goes nowhere. The lyrics are also very simple and superficial.

Mark
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Mark

It’s because she isn’t a global super star… Anyway those other songs are also horrible.

Amor
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Amor

Yooooo. Bang Bang is great, especially the vocals. I don’t know what you are talking about. Shake it Off yes but not Bang Bang.

Montell
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Montell

There are a lot people behind songs like “Bang Bang” or “Shake it Off”. Jonas Thander’s contribution to those songs are very small. This is what he says on his website. Jonas arranged and recorded the horns in the song “Shake it off” performed by Taylor Swift. He is also playing the saxophone on the song. Jonas arranged and recorded the horns in the song “Bang Bang” performed by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. He is also playing the saxophone on the song. So you shouldn’t expect word wide hits from him just because he had something to… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Greta’s song needs an electronic production. As it is now, it goes nowhere.

Matt
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Matt

It won’t be hard to top last years entry, but I think Zazza has a well-produced, catchy song there that people would remember. Based purely on first listen, I’m not sure it has the potential to match Donny, but if it wins, it sounds like a respectable entry for Lithuania, that could bring them back to the final.

Whilst I think Donny, like Waylon doesn’t have much reason to try again at Eurovision I do love him so it’d be nice to see him again.

Robyn Gallagher
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Does every pop diva in Lithuania have a furry red coat?

Cheap blog
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Cheap blog

If you call them Lithuanian pop divas you should spend more time on research.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

Yes, it’s a gift from LRT if you survive all 10 weeks of ‘Eurovizijos atranka’ 🙂

X
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X

I’m choking XD

Yankis
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Yankis

Robyn Lithuanian winters are frickin’ cold alright. Coat is necessary haha

ImpressiveInstants
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ImpressiveInstants

Will Aiste Pylvelite be back again? YOU BEEEEEEEEEEEET.

Yankis
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Yankis

No. She’s done.

Polyna
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Polyna

Aist? announced she’s done like… 5 times already? And she always returned, lol.

Ugnius
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Ugnius

She has competed in Lithuanian selection 13 times, so I think that nothing can stop this lady

Juste
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Juste

nah,she officially stated she wont try this year

Jo
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Jo

well, they’ll face tough competition with Erica and Donny. I suspect Donny has something big, to come back too soon (and we know he wants to win the ESC). Or perhaps he tried Melfest, but the song was rejected, who knows?!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Erica’s past entries have been forgettable snoozefests, but Donny truly is strong competition. He’s a fantastic, energetic performer and he has a strong fanbase. Another one in the basket for him?

Jo
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Jo

I like “Leading Me Home”, it’s calm and relaxing. Not a “snoozefest” at all, imo. She’s got 2nd place last year, so still a strong contender. Erica also said she has an upbeat song.
Donny has the “good ambition”, and I believe those girls above have no chance against him. They couldn’t even beat Fusedmarc.

Rona
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Rona

Have you seen that fan favorite Tayanna is also returning to the Ukrainian selection this year? She is also letting the fans decide which song she sings

Tommm
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Tommm

Omg are you serious!!! Loved her song this year!

Kris
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Kris

Melvin was the fan favourite no?

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Very interesting, loved both of them last year.